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Mar 31, 2021

3 Common Grounds for Suppressing Evidence in a Criminal Case

By |March 31st, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

Suppression of evidence is a fancy way of saying the evidence cannot be used in court. In order to suppress evidence, the criminal defense lawyer must file a formal motion to exclude the evidence. The motion can be filed in federal or state court depending on where the case is being tried. The motion normally identifies the evidence that should be suppressed and the reasons it should be suppressed. The motion to suppress is heard [...]

Mar 23, 2021

Hidden COVID-19 Fees May Constitute Fraud

By |March 23rd, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

For the last year, many companies and businesses have been charging fees to cover COVID-19-related health and cleaning services. Those fees can range from $5 for disinfectant in a hair salon to up to $1200 for cleaning and food in senior-living centers. Many consumers do not become aware of the fees until they receive their bill. They are not being informed ahead of time of these charges. According to the Washington Post, some of these [...]

Mar 17, 2021

Overdose Deaths Increased in Maryland During COVID-19

By |March 17th, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

The number of deaths due to drug and alcohol overdoses increased in Maryland during the pandemic. Minority communities are being affected the most. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that between May 2019 and May 2020 deaths from all types of drugs have increased by nearly 17%. ABC News reports that opioid overdoses are 20% higher in 2020 than they were before the pandemic. ABC News stated that “social distancing [...]

Mar 12, 2021

Why Maryland Needs to End Home Detention Fees

By |March 12th, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the criminal justice system in Maryland is taking steps to depopulate jails and prisons to help reduce the risk of exposure to the disease. In Baltimore, the City's attorney's office and the police have stopped prosecuting some low-level offenses. They have dismissed a number of cases and eliminated a number of open warrants. They have also provided for the early release of hundreds of prisoners and updated their bail [...]

Mar 3, 2021

Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

By |March 3rd, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

If you are arrested, or believe you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you are likely considering whether you will need a criminal defense attorney in your corner. Perhaps you are doing this research for yourself, a friend, or family member. Even when charges seem minor, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer advocating for you. Local, experienced attorneys have good relationships with prosecutors and often can work to have charges [...]

Feb 23, 2021

What Is Probation Before Judgment in a DUI Case?

By |February 23rd, 2021|DUI|0 Comments

When charged for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland, you may be facing penalties like fines, a suspended license, jail, or an ignition interlock device. You might feel overwhelmed and hopeless about your case. However, you may have another option, especially if this is your first offense. The “Probation Before Judgment” (PBJ) disposition can provide eligible individuals charged with DUI offenses another, more rehabilitative path. Probation Before Judgment is a disposition unique to Maryland [...]

Feb 16, 2021

What Are the Roles of a Prosecutor and State’s Attorney in a Criminal Case?

By |February 16th, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

When an individual is arrested and charged with a crime, the local prosecutor’s office has the power to prosecute the case, send the offender to a diversion program, or dismiss the case completely. The state’s attorney also makes recommendations to the judge regarding bail or revocation of bail. If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to understand the duties and power of the state’s attorney and prosecution. Upon arrest of an individual, the [...]

Feb 10, 2021

Sedition, Insurrection, Coup, and Treason: What These Words Really Mean

By |February 10th, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

Dictionary definition of word treason, selective focus. On January 6, 2021, a violent mob stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC. The riot led to the lockdown of the building, property damage, countless injuries and, when the dust cleared, five deaths. In the ensuing days of confusion and chaos, Americans are hearing terms we haven’t talked about since we were in history class – words like sedition, coup, insurrection, and even treason. Today’s [...]

Feb 2, 2021

Witness Intimidation Can Take Place Anywhere, Even on Instagram

By |February 2nd, 2021|Criminal|0 Comments

Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps. Its popularity does not diminish its dangers, however. While witness intimidation is nothing new, the sheer numbers of people who are threatening one another online seem to grow every day. According to reports, multiple Instagram accounts based in Baltimore were deactivated after it was found those accounts were involved in the intimidation of people who cooperated with police investigations. Even though the accounts were removed, [...]

Jan 26, 2021

Debunking 5 Common DUI Myths

By |January 26th, 2021|DUI|0 Comments

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only dangerous; it is against the law in Maryland. If you are caught, you can be charged with a DUI and face the loss of your rights, significant fines, and potentially even jail time. Often, people share misinformation about drinking and driving, and that misinformation can lead people to make dangerous and costly mistakes. Today, we wanted to address some of the more common [...]

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